Listen to live music clips or read more about James' shows at Metropolitan Room.

"On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch).

James and his scalable band, James Hammel & Friends, is currently booking events and private parties and working on a his next CD.

     
 

Notable Quotables from James' performances:

A COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL: "James Hammel & Friends were highly professional and played excellent jazz and blues music! We would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to host a relaxing, smooth jazz event!!!" Sonya C. Williamston, SC

A LARGE BUSINESS CONFERENCE: "When James Hammel is singing or playing...there's an electricity in the air! He's a dynamic singer, arranger and songwriter who speaks the universal language of love in every performance. His original "Do It All Over Again" is a call to action and a generational anthem and it's what is so special about his work— it's genuine — it's honest and it engages you. Recently (with lightning speed) James turned a weary convention crowd in Atlanta into a high-spirited, hand clapping, up-on-your-feet party... and it was a solo acoustic guitar show! His cool arrangement of Sammy Fain's 1931 jazz standard, "When I Take My Sugar To Tea" married with Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is a perfect example of what James Hammel delivers —heart pumping — heart opening and heart felt moments!" —Susan Berkley

AN ELEGANT PRIVATE PARTY: "James performed solo with his guitar at our party. From the moment the party began to the very end, his music set the ambiance and crooner vibe I was looking for. It really helped create a truly positive and uplifting experience for our guests. A wonderful evening of entertainment. Thank you James!" —LM

A MEMORIAL SERVICE: "James was wonderful. His voice was great and they did exactly what we needed. It was a hard time but he really made it easier!! BOOK THIS GUY!! You won’t regret it." Katy S. from Asheville, NC

A NC BREWERY: "James Hammel & Friends perform weekly at our brewery and it's been our best day of the week for almost five years! Great voice, guitar playing, and energy. The addition of a variety of excellent musicians and a truly diverse songlist make having James truly wonderful." John G. Asheville, NC

Date
Venue
Performance

Wed 6/9/18

A Taste of Charllotte

Charlotte, NC

8 PM

James performing (guitar and vocals) with Lateris Afferonii (percussion) at this great food festival. Performance will take place at the Wine Cellar.

Wed 6/6/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

2 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and perform the songs they love.
Sun 5/20/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

4 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a trio at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate.
Sat 5/19/18

Wedding Event - Private

Asheville, NC

4 PM

James Hammel & Friends perform as a trio at this wedding celebrating jazz, pop, blues, rock an more.

Thurs 5/10/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

2 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and perform the songs they love.

Wed 5/9/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

2 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and perform the songs they love.

Thurs 5/4/18

Givens-Highland Estates

Black Mountain, NC

3 PM

James performing (guitar and vocals) with a saxophonist for this retirement community overlooking the mountains.

Thurs 4/26/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

2 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and perform the songs they love.

Wed 4/25/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

2 PM

James performing solo (guitar and vocals) at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and perform the songs they love.
Thurs 4/19/18

Givens Estate

Asheville, NC

7 PM

James performing as a duo with guitar/vocals and saxophonist Jacob Secor for residents at this retirement community.
Wed 4/11/18

Richie's Alliance for Autism

Maggie Valley, NC

4 PM

This private fundraiser is an amazing cause for autism that just keeps growing every year. Held at the Maggie Valley Country Club, James Hammel & Friends perform as a quartet celebrating Sinatra, Buble, Bennett King Cole and more.
Fri 3/30/18

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

4 PM

Jams Hammel & Friends perform as a quartet at this wonderful venue overlooking the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and have us perform the songs they love.
Fri 3/16/18

The Classic Wine Seller

Waynesville, NC

7 PM

Spring is right aroun the corner at this beautiful downtown Waynesville dinner and music venue featuring James' solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals.
Wed 2/14/18

The Classic Wine Seller

Waynesville, NC

6:30 PM

Celebrate Valentine's Day at this beautiful downtown Waynesville dinner and music venue featuring James' solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals.
Sat 1/13/18

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

8 PM

Beautiful downtown Asheville dinner, spa and music venue featuring solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. James performing in the Great Room with Lateris Afferondii on percussion.

Every Wed and Sometimes Friday's or Saturday's

Lookout Brewing

Black Mountain, NC

5:30 to 8:30 PM

 

James Hammel & Friends have been performing at Lookout Brewing for almost 5 years. This great venue features craft beer tastings and food specials. Kids and dogs love this place. James Hammel & Friends feature jazz, blues, pop and originals. Look for other guest musicians like Mike Guzalak (sax/clarinet), Lateris Aferondii (African percussion), Matt Kinne (guitar and bass) and local singer songwriters. Great vibe and wonderful people!
  Notable Past Performances  
 

Biltmore Estate - Antler Village and Village Hotel

Asheville, NC

James performs regularly at this wonderful venue overlooks the beautiful hillside of the amazing Biltmore Estate. It's wonderful to have guests visit and have us perform the songs they love.
 

Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC

Beautiful downtown Asheville dinner, spa and music venue featuring solo jazz guitar and vocals doing the Great American Songbook, Brazilian jazz, Pop, Blues and Originals. Performing in the Great Room.
 

Envision Williamston Jazz Festival

Williamston, SC

Featuring a Trio (guitar/vox, percussion, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert at the amphitheater.
 

Park Rhythms Series Sponsored By Town of Black Mountain

Black Mountain, NC

Featuring a Quartet (guitar/vox, bass, drums, sax/clarinet) and playing a concert on the stage outdoors at picturesque Lake Tomahawk.
 

The Classic Wine Seller

Waynesville, NC

Band and Solo performances at this wonderful restaurant and wine bar make this a very special place for me. The owners are fabulous too! It's always about weaving through a list of jazz standards, pop, blues, and a few originals too.
 

White Horse

Black Mountain, NC

Great band for this one and a neat venue! Lots of jazz, pop, originals played by some of the best musicians around: Dr. Bill Bares (Piano), Zack Page (Bass), Rick Dilling (Drums) and Patrick Brown (Sax).
 

ISIS Music Hall

West Asheville, NC

 

It's a wonderful jazz venue in Asheville, NC. Players included James Simmons (Bass), Simon George (Piano), Jeff Rudplph (Drums).
  US Open Tennis Championships (multiple performances) Five solo shows at the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, NY!

 

The Bitter End

New York City (multiple performances)

James often featured his original music at this historic pop venue that featured artists like Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Police and many more artists.

 

The Metropolitan Room

New York City (multiple performances)

This spectacular cabaret room featured James with his band including Daryl Kojak (piano), Dmitri Kolesnik (bass), Cook Broadnax (drums) and Ole Mathisen (sax) performing jazz standards and originals.

Interested in booking an event or private party? James continues to perform at private functions. Please visit our Contact page.

 

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